Spaces that don’t have ductwork, including an addition, sunroom or garage, can be tricky to heat and cool. Lengthening ductwork from an existing system can be costly. And that additional area may just be too large for your home comfort equipment to take on, because your equipment wasn’t sized with it in mind.
A mini-split is a smart option for these rooms since it doesn’t require ductwork. This all-in-one heating and cooling system has two components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor wall-mounted evaporator. It’s frequently referred to as a mini-split heat pump since it moves heating and cooling, in place of creating it. Because of that, mini-splits are extremely energy-efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® certification.
Picking the right model for your house may feel like a large task, but our heating and cooling pros at Vogts Heating & Air can help. We’ll get started with a no-obligation meeting to learn about your needs before providing you with a free estimate. We’ll also discuss any special offers, rebates and financing you might qualify for.
Here’s about how much you can expect to spend when you’re getting a ductless mini-split.
Average Mini-Split Installation Cost
One of the most often used sizes is a 12,000 BTU mini-split. This will heat and cool approximately 450–550 square feet, or around the size of a studio apartment.
With professional installation, the typical mini-split cost for this size is about $3,000, according to HomeAdvisor, who compiles average nationwide prices for typical home improvement projects.
Your total mini-split installation cost will vary based on the type you select and how energy efficient it is. According to HomeAdvisor, other additional costs might include:
- Installing a concrete slab for the outdoor condenser, $75–$300.
- Installing a dedicated electrical circuit, $250.
- Upgrading the electrical panel, $1,200. This could be needed if you have an older house.
Do Mini-Splits Qualify for a Tax Credit?
Getting an ENERGY STAR-certified ductless mini-split can qualify you for valuable tax credits. The mini-split tax credit is $300 for certain systems installed at your residence through December 31, 2021. We recommend consulting with your tax professional for more details.
Energy companies in Pocatello also typically have rebates for buying energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. We’ll help you navigate this process to make sure you get the best value from your new mini-split unit.
Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Although buying a mini-split is typically costlier than traditional heating and cooling systems, it’s a very efficient approach to heat and cool difficult areas in your residence. These involve:
- Spaces you aren’t in very often.
- Areas with hot and cold spots.
ENERGY STAR also suggests installing mini-splits in residences with atypical challenges, including:
- Pricey electric heat from baseboards, wall heaters or radiators.
- Costly central heat, either as a result of high fuel expenses or low efficiency.
- Older homes that don’t have ductwork due to radiator or baseboard heat.
When compared to regular electric heating and cooling, ENERGY STAR says a mini-split can save you up to 30% on cooling and up to 60% on heating. You’ll also get exact control over settings from room to room, as a result of zoned mini-split technology.
Our Professionals Can Take on All Your Mini-Split Installation Needs
From helping you select the ideal model to knowledgeably installing it, our professionals at Vogts Heating & Air can take care of all your mini-split installation needs. Give us a call at 208-621-0129 today to discover how a mini-split system can make your home more comfortable and to request your free estimate!